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Six dead in attack on DR Congo army base

At least three Congolese soldiers and their wives were killed in an attack on their camp at Rumangabo

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At least three Congolese soldiers were killed in an attack on their camp in the troubled east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, military sources said Friday.

Three soldiers' wives were also killed in the assault on the camp at Rumangabo, 50 kilometers north of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province.

The attackers also made off with heavy weapons, a source said.

"Three soldiers were badly wounded and died at the scene," army spokesman Captain Guillaume Djiko told AFP.

Mineral-rich North Kivu has been torn apart by conflict for over two decades, with Ugandan and Rwandan rebel groups still active there and blamed for killing hundreds of civilians despite a U.N. mission to pacify the province.